Let's say that we are Sun Microsystems and we want to create a Windows Installer package for the well-known SwingSet2 Demo. This tutorial will present in detail how to achieve this goal. In order to replicate it on your own machine, you need to have a Sun JDK installed (the latest version is recommended).
- 1. Create project
- 2. Enter Product Details
- 3. Set Install Parameters
- 4. Add Installation Files
- 5. Define Java Products
- 6. Create program shortcuts
- 7. Build
- 8. Run, test and remove
Start Advanced Installer by selecting it from the “Start” menu. Launching Advanced Installer automatically starts a new installation project. Choose “Java” > “Java Application” as the project type.
A good idea is to save and name the project at this point. Use the “Save” menu item under the “File” menu or the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut and let's name it swing2set.aip.
Please note that these details are completely fictive.
Get to the Install Parameters page by clicking “Install Parameters” on the left side page menu. We won't change anything here, leaving everything to their default values.
Go to the Files and Folders page by clicking on “Files and Folders” on the left side page menu.
Click on thetoolbar button. Browse to where your JDK is installed (something like C:\j2sdk1.4.2_01), then browse to and select the Swing Set 2 folder (usually demo\jfc\SwingSet2). Click .
Go to the Java Products page by clicking on “Resources” on the left pane page menu.
Create a new Java Product by clicking on thetoolbar button. Let's call it swing2set.
Click on the OK.button and browse to and select the SwingSet2.jar file. Click
Edit the Main class to: SwingSet2
Go to "Virtual Machine" tab and set the JVM parameters to: -Xms64M -Xmx256M
Back in the "Settings" tab specify the JRE version min and max to whatever version you have installed on your machine.
Select GUI Application. We don't put a splash screen, since SwingSet2 already has one.
Now a new file has appeared in the Files and Folders Page: swing2set.exe.
Go to the Files and Folders page by clicking on “Files and Folders” on the left pane page menu.
Select the swing2set.exe file and click on the OK.toolbar button. Set the name and description to: Swing Set 2. Find yourself a nice icon on your computer (the DLLs and exes in Windows directory are full of them). Click
Repeat the operation, creating a shortcut for the ReadMe file. Name it ReadMe.
Click on thetoolbar button.
Click on thetoolbar button to run and test the MSI you created. After installation you should have a Swing Set 2 folder in your “Start” menu. Run the Swing Set 2 Demo by selecting Swing Set 2.
To remove the installed package, simply Run it again and select Remove. That's it!
This concludes our tutorial. To learn more, please read the Java Service Installation tutorial.